My Picks in Marsala: Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year

It’s official: Pantone has named Marsala as the color of 2015. Think deep, juicy pomegranate fruit, warm Tuscan brick villas and the red wine that you can drink in a few months’ time. Here are a few of my favorite pieces that reflect this sartorial trend.

Pantone Colors

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March Maternity Must-Haves

Spring into spring with on-trend pieces that maximize your maternity moxie

amy tara koch bump it up March maternity must haves

1. Pea in the Pod Maternity Anorak Jacket $138

2. Topshop Maternity Moto Mid Stone Jeans $65

3. Isabella Oliver Scala Striped Maternity Tank $75

4. Yarnz Linen Tiki Hut Scarf $66

5. Hatch Maternity Slouch Dress $198

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Pregnancy Style Prediction: Kerry Washington Stays Poised & Polished

Whether donning her Olivia Pope power persona or stepping out on the red carpet, one thing is for certain: Kerry Washington is always poised and polished. But, will she be able to maintain her pulled together style throughout nine months of pregnancy? My vote is a resounding “yes!”

Here’s what I predict: Kerry will wear a lot of dresses, some drapey and dramatic and, as her bump grows, some fitted. But, they will all be the picture of elegance. Since she is so petite, she will have the luxury of sporting flowy non maternity designers like Zero Maria Cornejo, Jenni Kayne, Haider Ackermann and Thakoon. When she opts for maternity pieces , she will turn to fashion forward brands like Isabella Oliver, Hatch and More of Me maternity. Jeans? I think not. When going casual, Kerry will opt for leggings paired with ladylike blouses that graze her belly. Or, you guessed it, a shirt dress. For the red carpet, she will turn to strapless empire waisted  gowns  accented with a gorgeous clutch and statement earrings. For footwear, she will stick you to heels (even if it is just a micro heel) until the bitter end.

kerry washington pregnancy style predictions

Ruched & Refined: Isabella Oliver Ruched Midi Maternity Dress $169 \\ Kara Ross Baby Shirt Cuff Bracelet in Green Ring Lizard $196 \\ Kate Spade New York Licorice Pump $298

Silky & Sleek: H&M Blouse with Beaded Trim $14.95 \\ Old Navy Maternity Leggings $12.50 \\ Ann Taylor Phoebe Chunky Heel Tall Boot $268

Draped & Dramatic: Vince Vintage Leather Scuba Jacket $995 \\ Zero + Maria Cornejo Milu Dress $1095 \\ Coach Dovelyn Bootie $275

Red Carpet Ready: Nine West Rock Starlet Clutch $69 \\ Monique Lhuillier Ombre Strapless Gown $3990 \\ Balenciaga Ankle Strap Glove Sandal $845

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DRESS YOUR BUMP DUCHESS STYLE

No muu muus at Clarence House!  A baby is no bump in the style road for super glam Kate Middleton. Bump it Up: Transform Your Pregnancy into the Ultimate Style Statement author Amy Tara Koch predicts that the Duchess of Cambridge will maintain her elegance throughout her pregnancy. She chatted with USA TODAY about how Kate the Great will craft maternity style that reflects her inherent poise and polish.
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  • She Will A Frock Star
    Dresses are the easiest silhouette to wear during pregnancy; especially wrap, shift and trapeze shapes as they disguise bottom heaviness.  Kate, a fan of the sheath and wrap silhouettes, will probably sport a modified version of this shape in stretch jersey to accommodate her bump. Royals always pair chic duster or ¾ length coats with day dresses. Kate will continue to layer a jacket over her dresses for maximum poise and polish. But, she will probably move to swing or trapeze coats with no closures for maximum comfort and style. Expect to see her in haute Brit brand Isabella Oliver.
    Isabella Oliver Ruched Wrap Dress $199

  • She Will Rule The Empire
    Empire waist dresses are super flattering during pregnancy. This genius silhouette gathers under the breast and falls loosely to the hip, knee or floor covering bulging bellies and butts with cascading fabric. The empire waist accentuates the ribcage giving the wearer an attenuated frame. It also puts the focus on the arms and shoulders, places where pregnancy weight does not manifest itself.
    Rosie Pope Stella Dress $253
  • She Will Be A Cut Above
    For black tie and high profile royal dutoes, Kate will most likely turn to her trusted fashion friends-Sarah Burton and Issa- for custom maternity garments.
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  • She Will Remain Well Heeled
    Do not expect the Duchess to waddle about in flats. She will wear kitten heels, wedge heels and stacked heels to keep her out of the preggo dumps.
    Jimmy Choo Mara Sling Back with Bow Detail $725
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  • She Will Get Waisted
    When you your stomach bulges, a strategically placed belt helps to create a semblance of a pre-pregnancy waistline. The Duchess will most likely sport a skinny belt just under her bust to streamline her look.
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  • She Will Not Break A Sweat
    Don’t expect to see a Royal in sweat pants. On casual days, she will probably wear dark denim maternity jeans or sleek leggings with a long tunic top.

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Easy, Breezy Preggo Chic: Bump It Up Approved Summer Dresses

The grass is always more alluring on the other side.

Many women say that a summer pregnancy is worse than a winter one. I disagree. While it’s true that you can “hide” in mountains of wool and cashmere, these layers actually add extra pounds to your already expansive frame. Factor in a coat and you’ve got bulk. While it’s true that the heat of the summer months can cause additional swelling, warm weather dresses offer an element of sultriness that is tough to pull off in tundra like conditions. Why? Well, summery, light-as-air dresses celebrate a pregnant woman’s body. They play up décolletage, bare arms, neck and the slope of the shoulders, sexy hot spots where pregnancy weight does not manifest. The drape ‘n cling of the lightweight fabrics prove that the bump (and boobs) are, in fact, showstopping accessories. The best part? Fashion longevity. Because they are inherently drapey, most of these dresses will look great during your pregnancy and afterwards.

Here are some of my favorite summer dresses:


1. Nuka Maternity Sharnee maxi dress/skirt in Coral $96.99

2. Isabella Oliver striped ruched dress $159

3. Hatch soiree dress $348

4. Ella Moss rio maxi dress $268

5. Calypso St. Barth bloussant full maxi dress $250

6. Rachel Pally long fortuna dress $251

7. Destination Maternity A Pea in the Pod tiered dress $129.50

8. Ingrid & Isabel maxi tank dress $128

9.  More of Me Maternity favorite shirtdress $170

10. Ingrid & Isabel waterfall dress $88

From Left to Right: Calypso St.Barth gold disc necklace $110 // Stella & Dot rebel pendant $79 // Stella & Dot cameron pendant $79 // Stella & Dot camilla ring $49 // Sequin NYC petra horn earrings $28 // Hive & Honey arrow drop earrings $22 // Sequin NYC tatijana cuff $178 // Tinley Road enamel bangles $26 each

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GET THE LOOK: CELEB PREGNANCY STYLE 101

Beyonce. Keri Russell. Lily Allen. Jennifer Garner. Whether they are  shopping or walking the red carpet, the parade of chic pregnant celebs dazzles the mind. Here’s what I have discovered.  Bump savvy celebs are not miracles of nature. They have simply mastered the high art of mix and match fertility fashion; a combination of must-have maternity with easy civilian silhouettes that embrace and enhance their bumps. Want their secrets? Here, I have dissected their ensembles so the average preggo can get the look

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KERI RUSSELL: HOT BUMP IN THE CITY

1. Piperlime, Michael Stars striped tunic tee $37.99

2. H&M faux leather bomber jacket $49.95

3. Gap geometric print scarf $29.95

4. Piperlime, Kenneth Cole Reaction gold flats $59

5. Destination Maternity boot cut jeans $40

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LILY ALLEN: CLASSIQUE

1. Anthropologie solaris scarf $58

2. Spanx maternity opaque stripe tights $20

3. Asos resin bangle $13.97 each

4. QVC, Kenneth Jay Lane duchess tribal earring $39.50

5. Asos maternity tulip sleeve dress $61.11

6. Old Navy sueded oxford booties $34.94

7. Piperlime, Melie Bianco angela tote $98

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BEYONCE: GLAMOUR A GO-GO

1. QVC, Kenneth Jay Lane pompeii hoop earring $13.09

2. Forever 21 geo stretch bracelet $8.80

3. Forever 21 v rhinestone bracelet $7.80 each

4. Gap skinny glitter belt $23.99

5. Zara dress with elastic waist $89.90

6. Old Navy sueded desert wedge $30.00

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JENNIFER GARNER: RED CARPET READY

1. Nordstrom, Rampage metallic envelope clutch $33.90

2. Asos, French Connection antique gold ring $31. 43

3. Kara Ross double dangle tabletop skin inset earrings $175

4. Isabella Oliver wrap column dress $289

5. DSW, Via Spiga mesa pump $50

6. Footpetals killer kushionz $12.95

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SUPER ACCESSORIZING 101: TRANSFORM BASICS INTO DOZENS OF LOOKS

Celebs moms–polished and sporty–may look like they stepped from a photo shoot as they breeze from Walgreens to playground in People Magazine. They have a sartorial trick up their kimono sleeve.  THE SECRET?  They approach fashion formulaically by reworking versatile basics and layering them with groovy accessories.

So how can the average woman channel the effortless je ne sais quoi of Nicole Richie, Gwen, Heidi and Rachel Zoe? By investing in quality basics and strategically layering with compelling accent pieces.

Here’s how to do it…

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BASICS

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THE  DRESSES

ATK accessorizing 101 basic dress

GAP denim tie back dress, $69.95 \\ VICTORIA’S SECRET jersey wrap dress, $49.50 \\ BANANA REPUBLIC maxi dress, $89.99 \\ JAMES PERSE crepe maxi dress, $225 \\ ISABELLA OLIVER jersey bandeau maxi dress, $159

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THE TOPS

ATK accessorizing 101 the top

LA MADE knot tank, $33.99 \\ LANSTON loose knot oversized tee, $50.99 \\ SPLENDID vintage whisper boyfriend top, $58 \\ VINCE striped double layer sweater, $99

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THE COMPRESSION  LEGGINGS

SPANX cotton compression leggings, $62

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THE JEANS

atk accessorizing 101 the jean

GAP 1969 real straight jeans in dark wash, $69.50 \\ GAP 1969 curvy jeans in white wash, $59.50

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ACCESSORIZE

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STATEMENT JEWELRY


KARA ROSS gold hoops, $150 \\ SEQUIN enamel bangles, $30 each \\ HOUSE OF HARLOW knuckle duster ring, $50

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KICK UP A NEUTRAL WITH A POP OF COLOR

JCREW featherweight cardigan in gauguin orange, $62 \\ MADEWELL electric scarf, $58 \\ THEODORA & CALLUM ikat scarf, $175

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GLAMMIFYING ACCENTS


TOMS red stripe canvas wedges, $69 \\ COACH jazlyn wedge, $99 \\ HENRY BEGUELIN pietra sandal, $430
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CARLOS FALCHI ombre python clutch \\ DVF printed tote, $150 \\ CHEAP MONDAY telekenisis glasses, $30

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Stylin’ in Haute-lanta: Bump It Up Style lounge goes south!

I transform part of the legendary Fox Theater into the Bump It Up Style Lounge featuring Belli Skincare, Isabella Oliver Maternity and Pish Posh Mommy.

ATK Bump It up Lounge Child and Baby Expo Atlanta

The Bump It Up Lounge in Atlanta at the Child and Baby Expo with Pish Posh Mommy, Isabella Oliver and Belli Skincare.

Godiva Chocolate and accessories–what could be sweeter?

Isabella Oliver clothing (from top left, clockwise)
I style guests with go-to celeb maternity brand, Isabella Oliver, and show them how to look like  long, lean, baby making machines.

The key to staying organized as a mom?
PISH POSH MOMMY’S chic Carry-alls!

Belli Skincare, ATK, Bump it Up style Lounge Atlanta, Child and Baby Expo

Bethany Fite of Belli Skincare gives customized skin consultations to preggos

I take the stage to congratulate  Desiree Miller on creating the impressive Baby and Child Expo

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Some out of the box gift ideas for mom’s day

Speaking On behalf of groovy moms everywhere—we have worked hard all year and now it is time for family members to prove your devotion to us. No hint—no get…

VOSGES/BUMP IT UP : FOR THE PLUCKY PREGGO IN YOUR LIFE

Amy Tara Koch, Bump it Up and Vosges Chocolat

I teamed up with Chicago’s most famous chocolatier Katrina Markoff to create Mama’s Chocolat Gift Tower, a chocolate kit based on pregnancy cravings: spicy, fruity, savory.cheesy—it has it all. Style advice and a stash of the perfect chocolates

MORE CUPCAKES: A QUIRKY BREAKFAST IN BED

Cupcakes? For breakfast? Deconstruction is the name of foodie Patty Rothman’s game and she is a master at profiling intense flavors and Willy-Wonkifying them into savory cupcakes that skew more entrée than dessert. For Mom’s day she offers Breakfast in Bed squeezed into a delicious cupcake: Bacon/Maple, Cappuccino, Cinnamon roll, Passion. National delivery available!

MOM COUPONS

CHEAP & CHIC way to prove your love—free coupons good for room cleaning, breakfast in bed, dish washing, hugs and more!

GROOVY ACCESSORY: Sequin NYC Enamel Cuff Bracelet

Sequin NYC Enamel Cuffs

Peek at magazines and shops and it is easy to see that tis the season of the accessory. What’s hot? Attention grabbing cuffs that add a dash of flash to basic ensembles.

FULLY LOADED iPAD2 or iPOD TOUCH: W/ Stress Relieving Apps For Moms

Yoga App

Apps designed to make mom’s life less chaotic
myMeditation, $2.99
Yoga STRETCH, 99 cents
Grocery Gadget, $4.99
Red Laser, Free

WAIST WHITTLING SWIMSUIT: Miracle Body Swimsuit

MIRACLESUIT flamenco_red

There is an inimitable dread every mom feels about swimsuit shopping. Take the anxiety out of mom’s summer by proffering her a stylish suit designed with slimming and shaping technology to make her look 10 pounds thinner!

MAKE UP PALETTES: Bronzer? Check. Illuminating powder? Check. Gel liner? Berry stain lip glosses a plenty? Check.

smashbox mega palette

Get your glam on with this all-in-one kits used by red carpet fashionistas

STILA E! Red Carpet—Stunning Starlet, $25 /Glamour Goddess, $25

SMASHBOX Mega Palette, $59

THE PERFECT, GOES-WITH-EVERYTHING, BOYFRIEND CARDIGAN

Isabella Oliver Boyfriend Cardigan

The nautical sweater is the knit du jour for spring/summer. The length of this Isabella Oliver version makes it supremely versatile and  perfect for leggings, shorts, jeans or a dress
Isabella Oliver Breton Boyfriend Cardigan, $139

GET HER GLOW ON

The pure, anti-inflammatory ingredients in BELLI products exfoliate and keep skin uber hydrated.
Belli Head-to-toe Essential Kit, $100

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THE BUMP IT UP STYLE LOUNGE AT Getting Gorgeous, NYC

AmyAmy talking style, fashion and beauty with Lauren from A Mommy in the city at Getting Gorgeous

I had such a blast on the first leg of my BUMP IT UP STYLE SOLUTIONS tour! At GETTING GORGEOUS, my BUMP IT UP STYLE LOUNGE featuring BELLI SKINCARE, ISABELLA OLIVER, TIDE FREE & GENTLE and PISH POSH MOMMY was a huge hit!. A style expert, j’adore helping women to look and feel their best within the time constraints of a parents’ chaotic lifestyle. Not only did I get to “bump up” countless preggos, but I also had the opportunity to show busy mom bloggers my “five minute fixes” to looking longer and leaner. The trick? Some sartorial sleight of hand;  creating a “uniform” of flattering basics and using strategically placed accessories to emphasize the features that you like. And, camouflage what you are not so fond of.

Here are some fab highlights and tweets from the premier BUMP IT UP STYLE LOUNGE

Amy styling Sierra Rix–a five-time mom to be

“One super fun highlight (did I really just say “super fun?”) was getting styled by Amy Tara Koch the brains behind Bump It Up – a guide to maternity fashion. Oh Amy, where were you 4 pregnancies ago?”
-Sierra, Actual Mom

Getting Gorgeous, Bump it Up Style Lounge, Georgetown Cupcakes

Georgetown cupcakes and Belli samples

“There was no question what to pair with the mimosa…a Georgetown Cupcake, of course! I may or may not have had more than one. I’ll just say that they are like potato chips, and that is all I will say about that!”
-Sheila, Pieces of a Mom

Amy Tara Koch with bully button boutique
Amy and Karla

Amy Tara Koch, stylist and author of “Bump It Up” was in the house! She was transforming the countless “bumps” and “non-bumps” into fashionistas. She basically took my black button down, unbuttoned it to show some more skin, added a cardi and a skinny belt. Now why didn’t I think of that?”
-Karla Trotman, Bellybuttonboutique.com

Amy showing ladies how to look their best

“There was an awesome booth for Isabella Oliver Clothing. There was an amazing black sequin jacket that I drooled over while chatting it up with Amy Tara Koch. She has amazing style and even has a book but more importantly she keeps it real. She had an impromtu fashion 101 session with one of the invites as she walked by. I loved it!”

-Monroe Steele, Fashion Steele NYC

Amy and Serena

Amy and freshly styled Serena

“My favorite experience of Getting Gorgeous was when I got to meet Amy Tara Koch who I interviewed on MomTrends in an article entitled “Winter Traveling Made Easy” a few months ago. Her fun and interactive display took components from her fabulous book Bump It Up and allowed Bloggers to sample cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcake, test out products from Belli ( reviews on their line soon), learn more the cutest diaper bags ever by Pishposh Mommy and get styled by Koch herself!…Koch also spoke to me about how maternity clothing doesn’t have to be all about wearing your typical spandex and gigantic shirts. It’s about finding pieces that aren’t too trendy and those that are diverse enough to be worn after the baby as well as to add fun jewelry – especially towards the end, as you get bigger. I loved her fun and energetic attitude that defiantly inspired me to kick it up a notch in the maternity wear department.”

-Serena Norr, Mama Goes Natural

Amy Tar Koch Styling
Amy styling at the Bump it Up Lounge

“I spent most of my time in the Bump It Up lounge with Amy Tara Koch, author and stylist, who gave me her personal style tips for looking and feeling sexy while being pregnant. She showed me some great pieces from Isabella Oliver and Lia Sophia Jewelry.  She also showed me some great (and stylish) diaper bag inserts from Pishposh Mommy, while I dined on the most amazing cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcake.”

-Lauren, Mom Trends

Amy Tara Koch Styling at Getting Gorgeous
Amy styling Jennifer

“Amy Tara Koch styles Jennifer from Savoring the Thyme (so glad I met them both!)”
Just Precious



Isabella Oliver’s fantabulous clothing

“@AmyTaraKoch Thanks for teaching this plain jane mama to “Bump It Up” @GetGorgEvents Can’t wait to get some scarves and necklaces!”
-Melissa, @simpleagain


Pregnant in sequins? Of course! Here, Isabella Oliver’s glam blazer

“@AmyTaraKoch @PishPoshMommy @LisaHanlon Loved your #BumpItUp section – such great selections for moms to be! #GettingGorgeous
– Beth, @rolemommy

Georgetown Cupcakes for Amy Tara Koch, Bump it Up style Lounge
Pregnantista approved Georgetown Cupcakes

“@AmyTaraKoch thanks again for those yummy cupcakes!!! love your fashion ideas for pregnant women :)”
-Becky, @Becky_DiStefano


Belli Skin care relaxation station, Amy Tara Koch

Belli’s relaxation station. Avoid melasma and hormonally induced acne with Belli skincare (photo credit)

Tide free and gentle, Amy Tara Koch

Tide Free and Gentle has no dye or perfume, and is perfect for pregnancy (photo credit)

Pish Posh Mommy Cary Alls

Colorful Pish Posh Mommy carry-all bags (photo credit)

Video courtesy of Late Night Parents and Dada Rocks

Next up? I am travelling to LA for PREGNANCY AWARENESS MONTH’s kick off event at Bergamot Station . This event is free and open to the public!

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